Reducing your carbon footprint is fundamental in achieving the ambitious goal of Net zero emissions by 2050. It is even more so for Oil companies and for all the players in the energy sector that are at the heart of the energy transition. While, on the one hand, these companies are committed to developing technologies to produce low carbon energy, on the other, they have to continue to sustain the global demand for oil and gas, producing at sustainable costs and reducing their emissions and those of their supply chain partners.
Optimising the layout and, consequently, the size of the vessels can enable the same separation performance to be achieved in a more efficient way, minimising CAPEX and OPEX, as well as direct and indirect emissions.
The choice of a climate conscious supplier can also have a positive impact on the calculation of your company’s carbon footprint.
Let’s see an example that demonstrates how the choice of separator internals can contribute to achieving these important results.
PROCESS DESIGN – AN EXAMPLE
An effective choice of internals allows a reduction in the weight and volume of the vessel, resulting in a reduced use of steel that, based on the cases studied so far, can range from between 20% and 60%. Optimisation of the separator layout allows, with equal separation efficiency, a reduction in the size and quantity of steel required, with direct impacts on the CAPEX and OPEX and on the emissions of the entire supply chain.
This example shows 3 different separator set-ups that, in the analogous operating conditions, allow the same separation efficiency to be achieved. Each configuration has a specific combination of internals to which a specific minimum size of the vessel corresponds.
- Configuration Vessel 1: Vane feed inlet distributor and VICO-Tex wire mesh mist eliminator
- Configuration Vessel 2: Vane feed inlet distributor and droplet separator with VICO-Tex wire mesh agglomerator
- Configuration Vessel 3: Vane feed inlet distributor with VICO-Tex wire mesh agglomerator and a set of VICO-Spin axial cyclones
Moving from the first configuration to the third, the weight of the separator, vessel + internals is reduced by around 60%.
COSTACURTA’S COMMITMENT TO A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD
Costacurta’s management systems are certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) in accordance with ISO 14001 (Environmental management system) standards. According to the resources consumption measurement we perform every year to maintain the ISO 14001 certification and to achieve our continuous improvement goals, Costacurta is a low-impact company in terms of emissions into the atmosphere, energy consumption and the consumption of natural resources.
Moreover, this year Costacurta introduced a process to better measure, manage and ultimately reduce it GHG emissions. The company began this process by conducting an energy audit and calculating its carbon footprint in order to define a strategic repositioning plan in a green perspective.
ATTENTION TO THE CUSTOMER FROM THE START TO THE END OF THE PROJECT
Costacurta’s Project Managers are PMP® certified and follow the client throughout all the stages of the project: from the feasibility study, design, construction and supervision during installation of the components in the plant through to the resolution of separation problems and replacement over the years.
All the projects are managed under the sign of transparency and the sharing of technical information with customers. During the feasibility study and design stages, the solutions proposed are accompanied by technical documentation produced thanks to proprietary and simulation programmes (CFD and FEA) that verify their efficacy. Before manufacturing the separator internals, the customer receives detailed construction drawings and, at the time of installation, assembly instructions. Where required, Costacurta can also provide the supervision of its technical experts or process engineers during the installation and start-up phases